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Why We Are Here

By |June 5th, 2018|

Every two weeks, I have the distinct pleasure of speaking to a group of Blue Cross’ newest hires in a class we call Health Insurance 101. The crux of the lesson is a simple one: What’s the point of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana? Why are we here?

It […]

The Cost of Louisiana’s Diabetes Problem

By |May 23rd, 2018|

When I was a little boy growing up in the 1960s, there was an elderly widow who lived next door to us whom all the kids loved. Miss Elaine had been married to an Army staff sergeant who traveled the world with her in tow. She was a tough cookie! […]

Blue Cross Leadership Is Moving On Chronic Disease and the Social Determinants of Health

By |April 25th, 2018|

I’m always in awe of the intelligence and credentials of the people I work with on a day-to-day basis at Blue Cross. A great example is Dr. Vindell Washington, our chief medical officer.

We’re talking about a guy who cut his teeth in emergency medicine, including stints with the military. He […]

I just got a giant bill from the IRS! What did I do wrong?

By |April 18th, 2018|

As I sit here in mid-April, I can’t help but think of all the times in the past four years I’ve been confronted by folks who got HUGE tax bills at the end of the year because they bought their health insurance on healthcare.gov, made some errors computing their income […]

Age Rating Ratios: Mike Breaks It Down

By |April 12th, 2018|

Age is a big factor in how much medical care people are expected to use. But the ACA made the ratio between how much we are allowed to charge a 64-year-old versus a 21-year-old too small. Mike Bertaut breaks it down in this new video that helps explain why young […]